Why a smart watch
Since I have started running more often the last few months, I felt the need to start tracking my runs. It would be interesting to know the heart rate to see if I'm running the right pace.
I started listing the specifications; first off it needed an internal GPS and a heart rate monitor.
The watch should look good as well, since it's going to be worn into work as well. Nobody likes something ugly and bulky sitting on your wrist. The watch had to be round (it just had to). And it had to have Wear OS, since I might try and program some Android Wear applications for it.
I used to have a Moto 360 watch with a brown leather strap, but I did not like the flat wheel look (there is a small black bar at the bottom of the round watch screen).
Other options that I considered were
- Ticwatch S/E: I did not like the looks of the watch (otherwise, this would have been a good second choice; not too pricey and full of options)
- Samsung Gear Sport: did not have Wear OS
- TomTom Spark: bit of a clunky, square look (also no Wear OS)
In the package
In the (apparently healthy for the planet) packaging, you will find a magnetic charger cable that clips onto the watch, the watch itself and a 1A charging block. Also a little booklet outlining some basic instructions and a warranty card is included.
About the watch
The watch is pretty pleasant to wear. The rubber band has plenty of holes so you can really choose the length that is suitable for your wrist.
Even if the band is a bit loose, it still registers the heart rate. This also makes that when you're sweating, it does not bruise up your skin.
The watch looks pretty nice, but it would have been nice to have a touch ring instead of the two buttons on the side. It is just the right size, but a bit high, coming in at 12,6 millimeters height. It does not feel heavy on the wrist.
The watch band is also interchangeable, since it is attached with a simple quick release locking mechanism.
The screen is good and is readable, even when there's a lot of sun. The colors are nice and the contrast is fine as well.
Battery is okay for a smart watch, coming in at around 36 hours for myself (without Screen Always On).
Using it for sports
It is pretty nice to go running without having to hold your phone for an hour.
Battery drains at a mildly high speed, think about 7-10% per hour of running (with the GPS sensor and the heart rate sensor enabled that is). A full battery usually lasts me about 36 hours (with everything enabled, except for NFC and Screen Always On).
The watch is used together with the wearable app for Runtastic. It is pretty accurate, having no real difference in comparison to tracking with my phone. The heart rate sensor also seems accurate, but there is no other device that I can compare this to.
For biking, you have to make sure the band is pretty tight. Repeated bumps on the road, might make the watch think you don't have it on your wrist anymore.
A nice extra is the sleep tracking. You get a basic overview of how long you slept on the watch, but to get the full, detailed information, you need to first install Huawei Wear and then Huawei Health (which are quite big applications). Also, make sure TruSleep is enabled on your watch if you want all the data. A night of sleeping with this enabled uses about 8% of battery (for around 8 hours of sleep, without screen always on).
- Look of the watch
- Comfortable to wear
- Accurate sensors
- Watch band is removable
- Battery life is still a bit meh
- TruSleep requires the installation of two apps
- Charger is magnetic instead of wireless
Would definitely buy again!